Bar Exam Resources Guide

This Guide was created to assist W&L law students in preparing for the bar exam.

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For additional information on print and electronic resources available to you and the information on this Guide, please contact a librarian at LawRef@wlu.edu

For additional information on W&L bar courses, the bar exam components, studying assistance and tips, creating a bar exam study schedule, etc., please contact Prof. Reid Flinn at FlinnCR@wlu.edu

For questions regarding the bar exam application process or materials, please contact Dean Trenya Mason at MasonT@wlu.edu

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Other Notaries on W&L's campus are listed online

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is REQUIRED for admission to the bar in all jurisdictions except Wisconsin and Puerto Rico. (Note that Connecticut and New Jersey accept successful completion of a law school course on professional responsibility in lieu of a passing score on the MPRE.) 

Registration for the 2021 test dates opens on December 14, 2020. The exam will be administered three times during 2021:

MARCH 29 or 30, 2021     Register by January 4, 2021   Late registration (additional fee) due January 28, 2021
AUGUST 11 or 12, 2021     Register by May 4, 2021 Late registration (additional fee) due June 10, 2021
NOVEMBER 4 or 5, 2021     Register by August 2, 2021    Late registration (additional fee) due September 17, 2021  

 

The MPRE is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). Registration information, dates, deadlines, fees, etc. may be found on the NCBE MPRE Registration page.

If you intend to apply for test accommodations for the MPRE, you must do so before registering for the exam. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Applications should be submitted well in advance of your desired MPRE test administration, and preferably by the Recommended Submission Date for that administration. The Recommended Submission Date for the March 2021 MPRE is January 4, 2021.

Content and Scoring of the Exam

The MPRE consists of 60 multiple-choice questions administered during a two-hour examination period. For guidance on what constitutes a passing score on the MPRE, consult your jurisdiction’s information on the MPRE jurisdiction map

According to the NCBE, “[t]he purpose of the MPRE is to measure candidates' knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers. The MPRE is not a test to determine an individual’s personal ethical values. Lawyers serve in many capacities: for example, as judges, advocates, counselors, and in other roles. The law governing the conduct of lawyers in these roles is applied in disciplinary and bar admission procedures, and by courts in dealing with issues of appearance, representation, privilege, disqualification, and contempt or other censure, and in lawsuits seeking to establish liability for malpractice and other civil or criminal wrongs committed by a lawyer while acting in a professional capacity.”

Study Resources for the MPRE

Print materials available in the Law Library’s Bar Success Collection on Level 3:

If you’re looking to purchase additional resources yourself:

  • The NCBE provides you with a few sample test questions online prior to registration. 
  • After exam registration, multiple practice exams are available to you free online via the NCBE website.  
  • The NCBE has a list of MPRE study aids in their online store

Jurisdictions Administering the MPRE

(last updated April 2, 2020)

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